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Perak for Singaporeans: A Complete Guide

Welcome to Perak, where history, nature, and culinary delights await! Nestled along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Perak spans an impressive 21,000 square kilometres. Its name, meaning "silver" in Malay, pays homage to the once-abundant tin deposits in the renowned Kinta Valley, attracting visitors from far and wide.

But Perak is more than just a historical footnote – it's a treasure trove of natural wonders and cultural gems. From majestic cave temples to pristine rainforests teeming with exotic wildlife, there's no shortage of adventures. 

Ready to explore further? Keep reading to uncover more about Perak and must-visit spots! 

The 12 districts in Perak are the top spots to visit. 

Perak, the second-largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, spans a vast 21,000 square kilometres. Below, we unveil Perak's 12 main districts and their diverse attractions, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Perak's culture and geography.


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Explore the wonders of the Kerian District, nestled in the northwestern corner of Perak, bordering the states of Penang and Kedah to the north. Renowned for its ecotourism gems, visitors can immerse themselves in the captivating world of primates at the Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation, offering a rare opportunity to observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

For families seeking unforgettable moments, head to the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort and Waterpark. Dive into a world of excitement with thrilling water rides and attractions, perfect for creating cherished memories with your loved ones. Whether you're lounging by the pool or embarking on thrilling adventures, the resort promises endless fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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Established in 2000, Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation (BMOUIF) started as a conservation facility for endangered Bornean Orangutans. Today, it’s a unique eco-tourism destination and research institution. 

The sanctuary mimics the orangutans' natural habitat, with vegetation similar to the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo, dedicated to their preservation and research.

Address: Jeti Pulau Orang Utan Bukit Merah, Jalan Bukit Merah, 34400 Semanggol, Perak 

Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (Wednesday-Monday, closed on Tuesday)

Admission: From SGD$6.84

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Plan a family vacation at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort in Perak! This resort surrounds a 7,000-acre freshwater lake. Stay in a luxury water chalet like the Kampung Air Water Chalet, with private balconies overlooking the lake.

After settling in, spend your afternoon at Laketown Waterpark! With 14 attractions, you'll have a blast at the Family Splash Adventure, Racer Slides, Boomerang, Water Speed Slides, and Sandy Beachfront Wave Pool. Remember to bring your best swimwear for this fun-filled day.

Address: Jalan Bukit Merah, Kampung Kubu Gajah, 33400 Simpang Empat Semanggol, Perak (Waterpark) / Jalan Bukit Merah, 34400 Simpang Empat Semanggol, Perak (Resort)

Opening Hours for Waterpark: 11:00-18:00 (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday), 10:00-18:00 (Friday-Sunday, closed on Tuesday)

Admission: From SGD$12.82

2. Larut, Matang, and Selama 

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Embark on an enchanting journey to Taiping, a district steeped in history and cultural richness. Dive into the vibrant town of Taiping, where rainy weather, tin mining heritage, and cultural gems await exploration. Delve into the poignant history at the Taiping War Cemetery, a solemn tribute to the fallen heroes of the past.

For adventurers seeking natural wonders, head to Selama and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of seven cascades and waterfalls, each boasting its unique allure. Whether you're tracing history's footsteps in Taiping or chasing waterfalls in Selama, Taiping promises unforgettable experiences at every turn.

  • Taiping War Cemetery

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The Taiping War Cemetery in Bukit Larut, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia, commemorates allied officers and servicemen who perished during World War II. Managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, it honors approximately 850 fallen soldiers, with around 500 remaining unidentified. The buried include personnel from the UK, Australia, China, Malaysia, and Gurkha heritage.

The cemetery is split into two sections: Christian graves on the southeastern side and non-Christian graves on the opposite side, divided by Jalan Bukit Larut. It features a Cross of Sacrifice and a Stone of Remembrance. Graves are marked with white granite headstones, and Muslim graves are oriented towards Mecca.

Address: 34000 Taiping, Perak 

Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00 (Monday-Sunday)

Admission: Free 

  • 7 Lata of Selama 

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Calling all water lovers and outdoor enthusiasts! If you're seeking a fun and refreshing destination, Selama is the place to be.

This district is brimming with ecotourism attractions, perfect for water-based and outdoor activities. It boasts seven unique cascades and waterfalls, each with its charm. You can enjoy trekking, abseiling, white water rafting, and camping, making it an ideal spot for adventure seekers.

The 7 Cascades & Waterfall of Selama


3. Kuala Kangsar 


Welcome to Kuala Kangsar, the Royal Town of Perak, nestled along the serene Perak River. This historic gem boasts well-preserved traditional buildings and a regal ambiance. 

Don't miss two top destinations: Istana Kenangan Kuala Kangsar, also known as the Royal Museum, offers a glimpse into the royal history of Perak, showcasing artifacts and memorabilia belonging to the Sultanate of Perak, and the iconic Victoria Bridge, a historic railway bridge spanning the Perak River, standing as a testament to the region's colonial heritage and engineering prowess. Explore these captivating landmarks and delve deeper into the charm of Kuala Kangsar's rich heritage.

  • Istana Kenangan Kuala Kangsar

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Also known as the Palace of Memories, Istana Kenangan is constructed entirely of wood and bamboo, featuring diamond-shaped patterns across its exterior walls. 

Built-in 1926, it served as temporary royal quarters until Istana Iskandariah was completed. The palace was also used as a stopgap mausoleum for royal family members awaiting burial.

Address: 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak 

Opening Hours: 10:00-16:30 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday) 10:00-12:15, 14:45-16:30 (Friday, closed on Monday)

Admission: From SGD$0.57

  • Victoria Bridge 

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Just a quick drive from town lie the villages of Karai and Enggor, home to the iconic Victoria Bridge. Constructed from 1897 to 1900, this railway truss bridge spans Sungai Perak. While no longer in use for railways since 2002, it serves as a pedestrian and motorcycle pathway, offering a unique viewpoint with its 1000 ft length and 40 ft height.

With its iron lattice girders and brick piers, the Victoria Bridge is not just a historical gem, but also a picturesque spot, known even to film enthusiasts for its appearances in movies. Cyclists will find adventure along the 25km Living River Bike Trail from the bridge to Chenderoh. The vintage icon is open to the public 24/7. However, it is best visited during the day for a good photo and for safe navigation on the tracks.

Address: Kampung Kapor, 31050 Enggor, Perak 

Opening Hours: 24 Hours 

Admission: Free 

4. Hulu Perak 

Immerse yourself in a district adorned with towering mountains and fertile farmlands, best known for its breathtaking scenery. The crown jewel of this region is the Royal Belum Rainforest, where you can explore and witness the beauty of pristine nature. 

Next in line is the Lenggong Valley Geopark, which boasts a history of marvelous geological formations. Be sure to add these natural wonders to your must-visit list for an unforgettable experience amidst Malaysia's stunning landscapes.

  • Royal Belum Rainforest 

Discover the enchantment of Belum Rainforest Resort, nestled within a 130-million-year-old rainforest paradise. 

Immerse yourself in the splendor of the Royal Belum Rainforest, a pristine wilderness brimming with rare flora and awe-inspiring landscapes. Whether indulging in thrilling outdoor adventures such as hiking, trekking and camping or simply basking in serene surroundings, escape where tranquility and natural beauty converge harmoniously.

Address: Jeti Awam Royal Belum Tasik Pulau Banding 33320 Gerik, Perak

Opening Hours: 24 Hours 

Admission: From SGD$5.70


Next in line is the Lenggong Valley Geopark, which boasts a history of marvelous geological formations. Be sure to add these natural wonders to your must-visit list for an unforgettable experience amidst Malaysia's stunning landscapes.

Despite its UNESCO status, Lenggong Valley in Perak, Malaysia, remains largely undiscovered. This prehistoric treasure trove reveals ancient Palaeolithic and Neolithic civilizations, volcanic and meteorite disasters, and ancient graves amidst stunning landscapes of peaks, caves, paddy fields, and lakes.

Through a VR-powered 360° experience, explore Lenggong Valley at your own pace. Uncover hidden histories from local experts and gain special access to mystical caves and village gems, anytime, anywhere.

Address: 33400 Lenggong, Perak 

Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00 (Monday-Sunday) 

Admission: Free (additional fee of SGD$1.42 if you plan to tour around the 


5. Kinta 

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Located in the state of Perak, Malaysia, Kinta is a district is one of the more developed and historically significant areas within the state. Some aspects of Kinta includes being the central part of Perak, encompassing the state capital, Ipoh. It is bordered by several other districts, including Kampar to the south and Batu Gajah to the west.

Kinta district features a vast landscape, including the Kinta Valley, famously known for its rich tin deposits and often photographed limestone hills and caves.

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And not to miss the vibrant Ipoh, capital city of Perak, nestled in the heart of the Kinta district! Known for its mouthwatering cuisine, storied tin mines, and rich cultural heritage, Ipoh is a mandatory stop for travellers seeking the best-tasting food and drinks. 

Don't miss the vibrant colors of the mural arts adorning the city's streets, adding to its ever-youthful charm. Explore historical monuments brimming with stories from the colonial era, immersing yourself in the fascinating history of the Kinta district. And of course, indulge in the iconic Ipoh White Coffee, renowned globally for its rich flavor and aromatic blend.

Top Ipoh White Coffee spots: 

  • Chang Jiang White Coffee 

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Nestled among Ipoh's picturesque limestone hills, Kin Long Valley offers more than just coffee; it's an immersive nature experience. Located beneath a limestone mountain, the café's open roof concept lets guests enjoy their brew with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.

Nearby attractions like Tasik Cermin allow visitors to explore the area on foot, capturing picture-perfect moments. The real charm is stepping outside the café into the cool, cave-like ambiance of the limestone surroundings. This unique setting makes Kin Long Valley a must-visit for nature lovers and coffee enthusiasts alike.

Address: 7, Jalan Windsor, 30250 Ipoh, Perak  

Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00 (Monday-Sunday)

  • Kedai Kopi Ah Chow 

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Kedai Kopi Ah Chow stands out for its unique liquor coffee, a delightful departure from regular café offerings. The perfectly balanced coffee and liquor mix is designed to be non-intoxicating and can be enjoyed hot or cold. 

The cold white coffee liquor is thick and creamy with a chocolate aftertaste, while the hot version offers a bit more bitterness and a stronger liquor flavor.

Address: 31, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak  

Opening Hours: 06:30-14:00 (Monday-Sunday)

6. Perak Tengah 

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The Perak Tengah district is renowned for its rural tourism. It boasts historical and ecotourism sites that offer immersive experiences. Explore the Pasir Salak Complex, which vividly narrates Perak's past. 

For nature lovers, a visit to the River Terrapin Conservation Centre in Bota Kanan is a must, promising encounters with local wildlife. Discover the hidden gems of this district, offering a tranquil escape and authentic exploration for adventurous travelers from around the world.

  • Pasir Salak Complex 

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Pasir Salak, a small town in Perak, Malaysia, is home to Pasir Salak Complex, a complex dedicated to preserving the area's significant historical events. The town is most famous for the assassination of JWW Birch, Perak’s first British resident, by local chief Maharajalela, who is now celebrated as an anti-colonial hero.

The main attraction is the History Complex museum, featuring 42 dioramas depicting key events from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Additionally, the surrounding Malaysian rainforests attract nature enthusiasts.

Address: 31, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak  

Opening Hours: 09:30-17:00 (Saturday-Thursday), 09:30-12:15, 14:45-17:00 (Friday)

Admission: From SGD$1.14 

  • River Terrapin Conservation Centre 

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The River Terrapin Conservation Centre, established in 1968 by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN), aims to study and understand river terrapins. Since 1980, eggs have been collected and hatched annually to help conserve the species by releasing the hatchlings back into the river.

Located near the Perak River, the centre features an office, an interpretation centre, a small laboratory, and three pools for hatchlings and older terrapins.

Address: Kampung Pasir Gajah, 24000 Chukai, Terengganu 

Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00 (Monday-Sunday)

Admission: Free 

7. Manjung 

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Welcome to the captivating westernmost district of Perak, where adventure awaits at every turn! Nestled along the mesmerizing shores of the Malacca Straits, this enchanting area boasts a myriad of enchanting attractions that are sure to leave you spellbound.

Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature by exploring places like the Mangrove Swamp Park, where lush greenery and diverse wildlife await your discovery. Don't miss the vibrant Lumut Waterfront, offering a picturesque view of the sea and a delightful atmosphere for strolls. And of course, no visit would be complete without experiencing the renowned duty-free Pangkor Island. Plus, with stunning beaches like Coral Beach and Pulau Sembilan, you're in for a treat with their serene beauty and tranquil ambiance.

  • Mangrove Swamp Park 

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Mangrove Swamp Park, or Taman Paya Bakau, is popularly known as the ‘Monkey Park’. Located in Seri Manjung, it is just a 10-minute drive from Lumut town. Established in May 1994 and opened to the public in 1995, the park underwent significant maintenance and transformation in 2005. 

The park features a 336-meter long and 6-meter wide track through the mangrove swamp, with two shelters at the end for resting or fishing. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the mangrove swamp and observe its diverse wildlife.

Address: Jln Pundut Raya 5, Desa Manjung Raya, 32200 Lumut, Perak

Opening Hours: 08:30-17:00 (Monday-Sunday)

Admission: From SGD$0.85 

  • Pulau Pangkor 


Pangkor Island, located in the Manjung district, is Perak’s most popular tropical island getaway. Despite its small size, the island attracts tourists from around the world eager to experience its charm.

Pangkor Island boasts pristine beaches, serene fishing villages, and a splendid selection of world-class holiday resorts. There's something for everyone, from delicious seafood cuisine and enchanting temples to exotic wildlife. Whether you're on a solo backpacking trip, a romantic escape, or a family bonding weekend, Pangkor Island promises fun and adventure for all.

Address: Pulau Pangkor 32300, Perak, Malaysia 

Opening Hours: 24 Hours 

Admission: Free 

8. Kampar 

Once a powerhouse in tin production, Kampar boasts a rich history as one of the world's largest tin-producing areas. Explore the old town to immerse yourself in tales of its illustrious past or venture to the renowned Gua Tempurung cave system. 

Today, Kampar has transformed into a thriving education hub, earning the title of a bustling university town.

  • Gua Tempurung 

Explore the Longest Natural Limestone Cave in Peninsular Malaysia.

Venture into an underworld filled with ancient stalactites and stalagmites, where limestone walls are as smooth as marble. Discover the cave's five giant domes, each with its unique characteristics of temperature, water level, and limestone content. Trek along the mile-long underground river that winds through the hill, offering a journey like no other.

Fun fact: The cave's name, "Tempurung," means coconut shell in Malay, as its interior is said to resemble coconut shells.

Address: Jln Gua Tempurung, 31600 Gopeng, Perak

Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00 (Monday-Sunday)

Admission: From SGD$5.70

9. Batang Padang 


Nestled within the Batang Padang district, Sungai Klah and Kuala Woh Hot Springs beckon with their therapeutic thermal waters, cocooned by verdant foliage. Offering a serene escape from urban chaos, these revitalizing springs promise blissful moments of repose and renewal amidst the embrace of nature.

Adding to the district's allure, Lata Iskandar waterfall captivates with its majestic cascade and scenic vistas. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in the cool, inviting pools formed by the waterfall's gentle descent, soaking in the tranquil beauty of this picturesque setting.

  • Kuala Woh Hot Springs 

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Nestled near Tapah in Perak, Kuala Woh Recreational Forest offers a serene jungle park experience along the banks of Sungai Batang Padang. With its flowing river, lush trees, and secluded valley setting, it's a haven for nature devotees and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Sungai Batang Padang River originates from the Jor Dam in the Cameron Highlands, winding its way through Tapah before meeting the Sungai Bidor near Teluk Intan. As it travels to Kuala Koh, it meanders through pristine jungle and orang asli villages, ensuring clean and clear waters for visitors to enjoy.

Address: 35000 Tapah, Perak

Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00 (Monday-Sunday)

Admission: From SGD$0.57

  • Lata Iskandar Waterfall 

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Situated conveniently along the old Tapah road to Cameron Highlands, Lata Iskandar is a must-stop destination. Despite its popularity, parking can be a challenge due to the roadside location, so be cautious not to obstruct traffic. 

Once parked, explore the stalls offering local handicrafts and snacks. Enjoy the scenic views from picnic gazebos and concrete bridges near the waterfall's base, where wading pools provide safe bathing for families.

Address: Exit 59, 35000 Tapah, Perak 

Opening Hours: 24 Hours 

Admission: Free 

10. Hilir Perak 

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Discover the dynamic landscape of Hilir Perak, where agriculture and fishing thrive amidst vast paddy fields and quaint fishing villages along the Perak River. While exploring this vibrant district, don't miss the opportunity to marvel at the iconic Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan, a must-see landmark that attracts visitors from far and wide.

Moreover, delve into the district's lesser-known ecotourism gems, such as MOCCIS Farm, offering unique experiences amidst the region's natural beauty.

  • Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan 

Standing at 25 meters tall, the Teluk Intan Leaning Tower, also known as TILT, mimics its Italian counterpart with a charming tilt. Constructed in 1885 for water storage and fire prevention, its distinct incline has made it a fascinating tourist attraction. 

Despite its smaller stature and younger age compared to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, TILT's unique design as an 8-storey Chinese pagoda adds to its allure.

Address: Lot 1&2, Komplex Menara Condong, Jalan Bandar, Pekan Teluk Intan, 36000 Teluk Intan, Perak 

Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00 (Monday-Friday), 09:00-18:00 (Saturday and Sunday)

Admission: From SGD$2.80

  • MOCCIS Farm 

Discover tranquility at Ladang Moccis, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Rent equipment for activities like barbecuing, kayaking, cycling, ATV riding, and fishing, then explore the mini zoo showcasing deer, Bengal cats, rabbits, and more.

Relax in comfort at Homestay Changkat Jong, offering 10 units with three rooms each, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning. Rates range from MYR200 to MYR300, depending on size.

Address: KM 14, Jalan Changkat Jong, 36000 Teluk Intan, Perak

Opening Hours: 09:30-18:00 (Monday-Sunday)

Admission: From SGD$2.85

11. Muallim

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Derived from the Arabic word meaning "knowledge," Muallim is a newly established district focused on education, particularly in the context of Malaysia's journey to independence. Home to the prestigious Sultan Idris University of Education, founded in 1919, Muallim is dedicated to fostering academic excellence. 

Moreover, the district boasts the Sarang Art Hub, a unique establishment serving as both a restaurant and gallery. This hub showcases props from films by the late Mamat Khalid, a beloved Malaysian director born in Perak and the brother of celebrated cartoonist Datuk Lat.

  • Sultan Idris University of Education 

Step into history at Sultan Idris Education University, formerly known as Sultan Idris Training College (SITC).

Explore the iconic Suluh Budiman Building, which gained prominence in August 1919 and was fully completed by June 1922. Today, it stands proudly as a museum, serving as the centerpiece of the UPSI Heritage Trail at the National Education Museum in Tanjung Malim.

Address: 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak 

Opening Hours: 08:30-17:00 (Monday-Friday, closed on Saturday and Sunday)

Admission: From SGD$2.85

  • Sarang Art Hub 

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Experience the unique fusion of dining and art at Sarang Art Hub. 

This establishment doubles as a restaurant and gallery, showcasing props featured in films by the renowned Malaysian director, the late Mamat Khalid (real name: Mohamad bin Mohammad Khalid). Born in Perak, Mamat Khalid was the younger brother of Malaysia’s esteemed cartoonist, Datuk Lat (Mohammad Nor bin Mohammad Khalid).

Address: Jalan Rumah Rehat, Taman Bandar, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak 

Opening Hours: 15:30-23:00 (Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Monday) 

Admission: Free 

12. Bagan Datuk 

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Explore the picturesque district of Bagan Datuk, bordered by the majestic Perak River and renowned as Perak's coconut capital. Witness the breathtaking blue-tears phenomenon at Pulau Sembilan, where the shores come alive with an enchanting electric blue glow as the waves gently caress the shore under the night sky. 

Don't miss the opportunity to capture unforgettable moments at the Instagram-worthy reflective waters of Bagan Datuk Sky Mirror, offering a unique and mesmerizing backdrop for an unforgettable image unlike any other. 

  • Pulau Sembilan 

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Discover the allure of Sembilan Island, a cluster of nine stunning islands including Agas, Payong, Nipis, Rumbia, Lalang, Buluh, Saga, Batu Hitam, and Batu Putih, located just 10 nautical miles from Pangkor Island. While Sembilan lacks accommodation options, it's renowned among anglers for its abundant marine life. 

Visitors typically embark on day trips, renting boats from the small harbor for picnics on Lalang Island's pristine beaches. The area between Rumbia and Lalang Islands offers prime diving and snorkeling spots, boasting vibrant coral reefs at a depth of 15 meters. Weekends see locals flocking for fishing trips, with an annual highlight being the Sembilan Island Fishing Safari competition.

Address: Jalan Rumah Rehat, Taman Bandar, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak 

Opening Hours: 15:30-23:00 (Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Monday)

Admission: Free 

  • Bagan Datuk Sky Mirror 

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Discover the magic of Bagan Datuk Sky Mirror, a captivating natural wonder located off the coast of Bagan Datuk. Here, during low tide, a stunning sandbar emerges, earning the name "Mirror of the Sky" for its breathtaking reflection of the heavens above. 

Visitors can immerse themselves in photography sessions, explore diverse marine life, and soak in panoramic views. With its ethereal beauty and mesmerizing charm, Bagan Datuk Sky Mirror offers an unforgettable experience for all who seek its enchantment.

Address: Jalan Rumah Rehat, Taman Bandar, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak 

Opening Hours: 15:30-23:00 (Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Monday)

Admission: Free 

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